How our schools work
We find that children who attend every day:
- settle in really well.
- find it much easier if they have a regular routine.
- build up their immune system.
- learn the early stages of reading, writing and mathematics which will get them ready for Primary School.
- have play planned for them that responds to their interests.
- understand the nursery routine.
- make close friends.
Take holidays only during school holiday times. If taking a holiday in term time is unavoidable, please fill out our Holidays in Term Time form to seek permission.
Drop off and pick up
Arrive no more than 5 minutes before a session starts and collect your child on time.
If your child arrives late or leaves early, please tell the office so they can mark the register.
Tell us who can pick up your child every day and in special circumstances.
We won’t allow a child to be collected by someone who is unknown to us or who is unfit through drugs or alcohol.
If any of your phone numbers or your emergency phone numbers change, tell us straight away.
While you are in school
- move calmly through the school
- tell us if you have an accident in school
- close the gates and the doors after yourself
- keep your mobile phone in your bag or pocket — don’t make calls, take photos or videos on nursery school premises — and take headphones off.
What's happening in school?
Our app. Downloading our app will mean you are kept-up-to date with everything we are doing, and you won’t miss out on any opportunities to join in.
- at Church Hill next to the office window, next to the red door and to the right of the 2 year old door
- at Low Hall next to the front door
Our instagram, walthamstow_ns
Our Twitter, @walthamstowNS
Newsletters: we send these at least every half term
Please talk to us
Talk to your child's Key Person as often as you can about their needs and how we can meet them (medical needs, allergies or any special requirements as well as social, emotional and learning). If you can't get to see your Key Person, ask the office for their email address.
Ways to join in
If you have a skill you think the children would like to share, for example wood working or a style of dance, please talk to your Key Person to arrange a time to come in and show us.
Bring in things we can use for junk modelling, e.g. empty food boxes, yoghurt pots, old newspapers.
We welcome you for all our special occasions, including outings, visits from theatre groups, professional organisations and musical entertainers, International Day in November and our end of term parties.
Help us run our fund-raising and social events, in particular our spring/summer fairs.
Complete the parent questionnaire on the Ofsted website https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
Dress your child for a busy and messy time at school. They will be exploring both inside and outside throughout the year, playing to learn with clay, paint, glue and mud.
Please bring in a fabric bag (not plastic) with your child’s name on it, containing a change of clothes.
Write your child’s name in their clothes.
Jewellery and precious things
Please don't allow your child to wear jewellery, as it might get lost and they might get hurt by it.
Please don't allow your child to bring precious items including special toys and branded clothes to school.
Children who wear nappies should bring a bag with their name on containing two or three nappies, wipes and a change of clothes.
We welcome donations of good condition second-hand clothes including socks, pants, trousers, leggings, T-shirts, and skirts.
Pushchairs, scooters and bikes
Pushchairs have to be left outside as they are a fire hazard if brought inside. Please bring younger children in with you, and leave the entrances clear.
We can't guarantee the safety of pushchairs, scooters or bikes left on the premises, especially from the squirrels who like to steal any food left in them.
Tell us if you have an accident in school. We can provide first aid, and will need to fill out a form to record it.
If your child has an accident in school we will record it. If it is not serious and they are happy to carry on playing we will tell you about it when you pick them up. If they are not happy and/or it is more serious we will call you as soon as possible.
If your child has had an accident at home which might affect their playing and learning, please let us know.
In the rare situation that your child needs to go to hospital as an emergency, if you have signed to give your consent, a member of staff will go with them and wait until you can join them there.
The number and type of accidents are reviewed by governors once a term.
Please tell the school as soon as possible after the start of the session if your child is unwell.
Children can come to nursery with a cough or a cold, or if they are tired.
Children can’t come to nursery if they have a high temperature: for a child under 5 this is 38°C (100.4F) and above.
If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea they can’t come back to nursery for 48 hours.
We follow the advice from the Public Health Agency about how to deal with infectious diseases. You can read this advice here.
If you have concerns about your child's health, please talk to their Key Person.
The nursery will inform parents if other children are suffering from infectious illnesses or skin conditions or head lice.
If this is possible, please get into the habit of combing your child’s hair with a nit comb once a week. Adding conditioner or oil to dry hair can make this a happier process.
If your doctor prescribes your child medicine that they must take during nursery hours, fill out the form ‘Parental Agreement to Administer Medicines’ from the office. We can only administer medicine that has been prescribed by a doctor and labelled with the child’s name by the chemist.
Ask your doctor for antibiotics that don’t have to be taken during the session.
In hot, sunny weather, please dress your child in light clothing and a sunhat with their name in, and apply sun block at home. If necessary we will apply fragrance-free sunscreen in school. If your child needs a particular sun screen please bring it in and label it.
The children always have access to water, and we encourage them to drink when the weather is hot.
Before starting at Church Hill and Low Hall, we ask parents and carers to give their consent to us taking children on local outings. Parents can change their mind about this at any point.
When we go on trips further afield, for example to the Science Museum we ask for specific consent and for parents and carers to join us to help out.
We ask all families to make a weekly donation to School Fund. The money is used to provide children’s snacks, subsidise small group outings and pay towards children’s entertainers.
Families sometimes bring small treats to share with the children to celebrate birthdays. Please keep this as simple as possible, and consider stickers as an exciting, tooth-friendly treat.
If you bring food, consider bringing fruit or pakoras, and avoid meat, gelatine and nuts.
Our library has books you can borrow, including dual language books in many languages for children who have English as an additional language.
Joining the public library is free. Each child and adult can have their own card and can borrow up to 15 books at a time. Our nearest public library is Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN